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Pediatric Neuromuscular Fellowship

The Pediatric Neuromuscular Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Neurology & Epilepsy invites applications from candidates looking to be trained in this emerging field. Fellows will participate in specialty neuromuscular clinics offering an advanced level of care for children suffering from muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular disorders.

Video: Meet Directors Nancy Kuntz, MD, and Vamshi Rao, MBBS, MD

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Focused clinical research will be encouraged and there are ample opportunities and mentors within the Division of Neurology. The fellowship will include support for attendance to present research at a national meeting. The successful candidate for the Pediatric Neuromuscular Fellowship should be fully trained in Child Neurology by the time they begin the program.

 Application Process

Inquiries should be directed to Nancy L. Kuntz, MD, medical director of the Mazza Foundation.


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Why Northwestern?Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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 Video Gallery

Alexandria: The First One

Alexandria was born with type-1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a terminal neuromuscular disease. As her conditioned worsened, and her family prepared for the worst, Lurie Children's become the first hospital to offer "expanded access" to a promising new drug, called nusinersen.

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Gene Therapy Breakthrough for SMA

A new gene therapy for kids with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is now commercially available. Step inside of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago during the first days of this promising new treatment, and meet the families who're being impacted.

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Leading the Way: Charlie's Story

Charlie, a 3 year old boy, suddenly experiences stroke-like symptoms. Follow his journey to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where a team of neuro-critical specialists are amassed to diagnose Moyamoya disease and deliver life-saving care.

Charlie's Video

All for Ryan

Ryan is helping research specialists fight Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Ryan's Video

Meet Dr. Leon Epstein, Head of the Division of Neurology at Lurie Children's

Dr. Leon Epstein is the head of the Division of Neurology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. The division is ranked #4 in the nation by US News & World Report. His special interests include viral disorders on the nervous system and migraine headaches.

Epstein's Video

Meet Dr. Nancy Kuntz, Neurologist at Lurie Children's

Dr. Nancy Kuntz is a physician in the Division of Neurology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition, she serves as medical director of the Mazza Foundation Neuromuscular Program, and director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic. Her special interests include ​neuromuscular disorders in children with special emphasis on neuroimmunology and autonomic disorders.

Kuntz's Video



Contact Us

Vamshi Rao, MD

Vamshi Rao, MD

Program Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship


vrao( at )

Zulaika Guzman

Zulaika Guzman

Coordinator, Child Neurology Training Program


zguzman( at )

More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

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